Asterios Polyp (Pantheon), the latest graphic novel by David Mazzucchelli is garnering excellent reviews and plaudits for taking the graphic novel into more firmly literary and adult territory. AND it just won the inaugural award in the graphic novel category of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize:
Mazzucchelli’s monolith is a beautifully executed love story, a smart and playful treatise on aesthetics, a perfectly unified work whose every formal element, down to the stitching on its spine, serves its themes. No wonder the main character is an architect finding his way back to his Ithaca and his Penelope: “Asterios Polyp” is an odyssey of design as well as writing and art and cartooning. Steeped in classicism and wholly modern, it’s a pleasure to read, and maybe even more of a pleasure to contemplate and discuss.
–2009 Graphic Novel Judges
Publishers Weekly: Asterios Polyp: A Tour De Force of Imagination and Drawing
Asterios Polyp is a follow-up work to Mazzucchelli collaboration with Paul Auster and Paul Karasik to turn Auster’s
into a graphic novel (Faber 2005) — interesting review in The Guardian.